As a result of the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) has asked states to provide early issuance of February benefits for those who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food security.
Homepage tried calling several numbers for the USDA seeking an explanation for the early issuance of benefits, but reached full mailboxes and voicemail prompts possibly due to the partial government shutdown.
The 615,405 Oregonians currently enrolled in SNAP will see their next monthly allocation by January 20th.
“We want to be clear that these are not additional funds that SNAP recipients are receiving, but an early issuance of February benefits,” stated Self-Sufficiency Director Kim Fredlund. “Those who typically see additional funds added to their EBT card the first week of each month will see their February money by January 20, rather than at the beginning of next month.”
A notification letter is being sent to current SNAP participants this week, and DHS is asking SNAP participants to carefully budget their food benefits through February.
DHS is awaiting further direction regarding benefit issuance for January recertification that is completed or processed after January 15. The early issuance will proceed, even if the federal government shutdown ends prior to January 20.
If people are concerned about running out of SNAP benefits, they can contact 211Info to seek local food resources.
To find a local DHS office, go to www.oregon.gov/dhs and click on Office Locations.